Friday, April 24, 2015

EVENT | 7th Annual Shorty Awards

I got to attend this year's Shorty Awards and it was unlike any other event I've ever been to. The Shorty Awards honors the best people and organizations on social media in a huge variety of categories, from best Viners and YouTube musicians to favorite bloggers and activists. It was so cool to be surrounded by so many fellow social media addicts, especially ones who I've been following for so long.

The show was hosted by SNL funny gal Rachel Dratch and featured lots of presenters, including Kevin Jonas, Tyler Oakley, Bella Thorne and even Bill Nye. Highlight of the night, Bill Nye dancing on stage.

Here are just a few of the night's big winners:
Comedian: Hannibal Buress
Journalist: Wesley Lowery
Snapchatter: Jerome Jarre
Teen Hero: Malala Fund
Vine Comedian presented by HBO's Silicon Valley: Brandon Bowen
Podcast: Serial
DIY: Bethany Mota
Vine Musician: Shawn Mendes
YouTube Comedian: Jenna Marbles
Emoji: Poop face
For full list of winners, click HERE.

At the end of the show, the entire audience got to go home with selfie sticks! Rachel Dratch was like the Shorty Awards version of Oprah. You get a selfie stick, you get a selfie stick!

Check out some of my pics from behind-the-scenes:

 Press/photo area

 Shorty Awards cupcakes by Baked By Melissa

 Winning emoji: Poop face

 Selfie with actress Bella Thorne

 Met my fave Master Chef Jr, Logan Guleff

Also, just for kicks, one of my fave Vines, from winner Brandon Bowen:

Until next year!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Thursday, April 23, 2015

THEATRE | It Shoulda Been You Opening Night

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It was a busy month of Broadway show openings for NY1 theater reporter Frank DiLella and I was happy that I got to go along to one of his shoots - the opening night of the comical wedding musical It Shoulda Been You.

I also went to the press preview for the show too, so I knew a lot more about it beforehand, but it was cool to be at the official opening night party at the beautiful Edison Ballroom. I helped out with some social media stuff at the event and experimented with Periscope, the new livestreaming app that's all the rage. (Neil Patrick Harris was in my first-ever Periscope livestream, nbd)

 One of the guests: Tituss Burgess (from the hilarious series 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt')

NPH was there supporting his husband David Burtka - sigh, they are the cutest couple.

 Sierra Boggess

 Harriet Harris

The cast!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FOOD | Smorgasburg is BACK!

I love food. So it's no surprise that a food festival would be right up my alley. I have no idea why it took me so long, but I FINALLY got out to Smorgasburg, after hearing rave reviews. I went to the Brooklyn Bridge Park location (there are two, the other one is in Williamsburg) during it's opening weekend and it was a beautiful (but windy!) day to spend outdoors.

 Such a lovely view.

 The assortment of choices at Bamboo Bites

For dessert: HEAVEN (the lineup was cray but well worth it)
For more proof of my doughnut obsession>>>HERE

I also had a mango lemonade in there - forgot to take a pic, my bad.

I highly recommend swinging by either of the locations for a wonderful foodie experience. Perfect for IG guys...Smorgasburg runs now til November!

And for kicks, we stumbled upon this hilarious piece of sidewalk art on our way home:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

EVENT | Tartan Week NYC

I've never been so immersed in Scottish culture than I had about a week ago. First off, I stumbled upon some fun folks promoting a show called Outlander, which apparently is a huge Game of Thrones-type hit. Complete with bagpipes and kilts, they were strolling around Union Square inviting people to a premiere event. Sadly I wasn't able to make it.

Then the next week, I got to go on a shoot for my internship with Stephanie Simon, arts reporter for NY1. On Fridays, she does live hits for the morning show and I got to help out that day for a special feature on Tartan Week in NYC. I had no idea that existed, but it was actually so cool to learn all about it. We went to the Glasgow Caledonian University campus in SoHo and had interviews with the Tartan Day Parade founder Alan Bain, Scottish artist Gerard M. Burns and actor Graham McTavish

Alan Bain
 Gerard M. Burns
His portraits of famous Scots, including Ewan McGregor and Alan Cumming, are seriously amazing.

Graham McTavish
The 17th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade took to the streets on Saturday, April 11th and Graham McTavish was the official Grand Marshall! For more info on Tartan Week:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MY LIFE | March Madness

Danny Clinch photography exhibit at Milk Studios
So March was pretty cray. School kept me busy as per usual, but there was also some cool internship stuff and fun events! Here's a recap of what went down this month:

Yes, still had snow. Pretty though!

 Co-anchored a weekly newscast!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Beauty On-Demand Services in NYC

There really is an app for everything. Amongst the successes of Uber and Seamless, the world of on-demand services is booming – and that includes beauty and grooming.

Monday, March 23, 2015

EVENT | Macy's Flower Show

The annual Macy's Flower Show kicked off on March 22nd and I went along with NY1 for a fun and floral press preview that involved us climbing into the fab window displays of the department store. It was pretty fantastic. Each of the different displays were inspired by various styles of art, thus the title, "Art in Bloom."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ON STAGE | The Visit

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March 13th started off as any other day. Then I somehow ended up in the apartment of the consul general of Switzerland in New York (Ambassador André Schaller) and in the presence of Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, over breakfast I might add. I had the chance to tag along on a fun shoot with NY1 in celebration of The Visit coming to Broadway.

Monday, March 16, 2015

EVENT | CoffeeCon NYC

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Check out my coverage from the first-ever CoffeeCon event in NYC:

For more info on CoffeeCon:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Thursday, March 12, 2015

ON STAGE | Skylight

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One of my favourite shoots so far with NY1 News has been the press preview for David Hare's play Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard. I interviewed the talented cast and director Stephen Daldry at The Golden Theatre about bringing the production to the Big Apple.

Monday, March 9, 2015


This semester, I've been taking a class called the Digital Newsroom, where we produce a half-hour long show every Thursday. It's been an interesting experience that's for sure! The professors, Adrian Mihai and Joe Peyronnin are pretty much amazing (SO MUCH WISDOM). Each week, we all rotate positions to get tour chance to try different roles in the control room.